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Dec 27, 2012 9:00am EST
quote believed to be located outside the united states." now if the government wants to engage in electronic surveillance targeting a united states person for foreign intelligence purposes, it must go back to the fisa court and it must get a specific order from that court. in an emergency the surveillance can commence before the court order is issued, but the government still must have probable cause to believe that the united states person is an
Dec 16, 2012 11:00pm EST
soldiers who served in mexico for the united states died. 78,000 troops serve in mexico. it really had a big impact on people at home. so i really wanted to write a narrative that explored how people in the united states -- how the war impacted them and their families and some of the people that i talk about in this war are abraham lincoln, who makes his first major political speech, one that i found it was quite widely documented and discussed in newspapers. his first major speech in congress is about condemning the war. his first political stand is against the u.s. and mexico war. another person i talk about is john hardin, who some of you may be familiar with. he was part of a very important family in jacksonville. for a period of time, he was the leading whig politician in the state of illinois. not abraham lincoln. he was really under the shadow of john hardin before that happened. they are deeply affected by the u.s. and mexico war. now, let me tell you about the war. like most people come you probably don't know a lot about it. the north american invasion again with presiden
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am EST
time these things that happened. it happened in the united states of america. you have disparate economies in the united states of america that are bound together monetarily. missouri and washington state are as different as germany and greece. what is it that keeps the united states together? you had a great depression here in the 1930's. things were awful. and yet, i do not believe there were any political movements to get rid of the deficit states from the united states, like there are in europe and portugal and spain and everywhere else that happens to be in deficit. the reason is, the federal- state, especially after 1929 plays the role of the regulator of surplus and deficit recycling around the land. let me give you a simple example. we are in seattle. boeing is sponsoring the lectures. when boeing goes to washington to give a contract for the next generation jet or whatever, they may get it. they do get it. but there are some things attached. like for instance, we want a factory that builds the wings are the engines in tennessee or missouri or arizona. in the deficit regi
Dec 18, 2012 1:00am EST
nominations for vice-president of the united states, please signify by saying aye. the ayes have it. the nominations are closed. the balloting will proceed for the vice-president of the united states of america. will the vice presidential please ask the amount. electors, please mark your ballot in writing for vice president, and please do not forget to sign your ballot. will the vice presidential teller please collect the ballots from the electors hammon? >> the electoral votes of north carolina have been passed on this, the 17th day of december, 2012, through the republican electors, and the result is as follows. votes cast in the name of paul ryan. >> thank you. with secretary marshall please bring forth the certificates to vote. each elector or will have to sign six copies. i believe we are going to sign one copy, and if at the end the electors will remain seated, we will sign the other five copies. >> the electors having signed a certificate of the vote, at this point i would like to thank the staff of the state capital, the secretary of state's office, and the north carolina republi
Dec 4, 2012 9:00am EST
our presence. with 60 years of history where the united states has provided a stabilizing role toward economic development, and the fact that most of international trade floats, as the apple noted, is a key part of that. and with a strong interest, not just the asia-pacific region by the international community does. so as we continue to sustain and enhance our presence through a stabilizing function and fun at the end of the day when you have the capacity as a u.s. military to have policy as well. that's a global capability. but that means that they respected the choices that are made by other powers we want to sustain a presence in the asia-pacific. same to is the middle east. as you look at these different areas i think that there are terrific opportunist who engage with china on each of them. and to fundamentally ask the question and try to answer the question secretary clinton and state counselors have been engaging for some time, and that is can we get a better answer than we have had in the past two how a new rise in power comes to the international system. and can we do
Dec 4, 2012 11:00pm EST
united states would require the nascent consent? without the advice and consent of the senate, no change could possibly impact united states. >> outhouses the bureaucrats running the program would have clarification word is otherwise vague. the point i am making here is we don't really need to do that when we have her hearing. i understand there's a difference of opinion on this and a lot of motion. i found this morning's roll call magazine, all the people find appeared with the distinguished senator from massachusetts. it doesn't say anything in the articles that certainly attacks the emotions of individuals. so yes, i am not satisfied they would not interfere and do their clarification to change the intent. >> we've taken care of our problem here. >> the mr. president, it's important in this kind of debate as to make a judgment as senators that we base our judgment on facts than on the reality. the senator has suggested he's opposed because he can oppose outside of america. he can't do that because it would require the advice of the senate. secondly, it's a senator aware that senator r
Dec 22, 2012 12:00pm EST
at the time i do not think there was ever more wicked were then that waged by the united states of mexico. i thought so at the time when i was the dexter, only i had not moral courage enough to resign. during the time of the u.s.-mexico war, i just found this are really moving "which is why it took it for my title. the fact of the matter is grant was not alone in thinking that the u.s. invasion of mexico was somehow wicked. wanted to talk about in this book and tonight is the evolution of the american public during the course of the u.s.-mexico war from being with it -- really enthusiastic and in favor to largely turning against the war. i see the u.s.-mexico war as the moment of america's first antiwar movement actually coming into being. there was anti-war sentiment during the revolution and certainly during the war of 1812, but that sentiment was limited. what you see happen is a consensus across the board. people from different regions of the country, soldiers in the field to officers, politicians, all the signing that a war that was being more less successfully waged in anothe
Dec 22, 2012 4:14pm EST
. china really believes we ought to be engaged with north korea. united states feels every time we've tried to engage with north korea, they basically turnaround and failed to respond. >> what is the most important thing the chinese leaders want from you every day? >> the want greater cooperation with united states, because the understand how important united states is for their own economy. so much of what they sell and they produce is exported all around the world. they want the u.s. economy to be stronger as quickly as possible, because it means there will be able to continue to export. as much as they're trying to move from an export driven economy to a more domestic consumption based economy, they will still rely heavily on exports. the more americans are working, the more money they have in their pockets, the more they will be shopping in stores, and so much of what they buy is made from many other countries, including china. the healthier the u.s. economy is, the more that china will export. that means jobs for the chinese people. >> when you talk to leaders, how much are they
Dec 14, 2012 8:00pm EST
bless the united states of america. >> tomorrow night, watch the farewell speech by republican senator dick lugar and democratic representative lynn woolsey of california. we will also show you a tribute in the u.s. house to outgoing caliber and california members of cameras.. join us at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. later a look at the dodd-frank law and regulations. >> this is c-span3 with politics and public affairs programming throughout the week. and every weekend, 40 hours a people and events ,-com,-com ma telling the american story on american history tv. get schedules in the past programs our website. you can join in the conversation on social media sites. >> tomorrow a draft constitution by mohammed morsi. it would expand his constitutional powers. supporters and opponents of president mohammed morsi. next, we'll talk about developments in the country and security throughout the region with an expert on the muslim brotherhood and a former israeli ambassador to egypt. this is an hour and a half. >> looking at the political competition with the egyptian and the egyptian society,
Dec 31, 2012 12:00am EST
the united states" and they say the leaders must first face the country's troubling history of drifting further away from its democratic traditions. >> one or both of you talk about the theme of movie and how you came to write it. >> i was invited by petitioner in 1996 to go to a class at american university, teaching oliver stone's america. i went, very impressed with it. the range of the students, and afterwards, at dinner, peter suggested that there was a great story, and the atomic bomb fascinated me because i was been the year after it was dropped, and it controlled new york city, and the center of the world, and my father was a republican and conservative, and he served in world war ii with eisenhower. so the bomb was the umbrella, the mushroom under which i grew, and everything we did was in the shadow of that. so, i was curious about it. the bomb story does have another origin. the 1930s, had written a book about the scientist. but above all he mentioned this figure about henry wallace, and how he could have been president in 1944 but he was bumped by the political boss
Dec 21, 2012 8:00am PST
united states of america isn't a bad word. and when you hear your glass breaking at 3:00 a.m. and you call 911, you won't be able to pray hard enough for a gun in the hands of a good guy to get there fast enough to protect you. so why is the idea of a gun good when it's used to protect the president of our country or our police but bad when it's used to protect our children in our schools? the they're our kids, they're our responsibility, and it's not just our duty to protect them, it's our right to protect them. you know, five years ago after the virginia tech tragedy when i said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. but what if, what if when adam lanza started shooting his way into sandy hook elementary school last friday he'd been confronted by qualified armed security? will you at least admit it's possible that 26 little kids -- that 26 innocent lives might have been spared that day? is it so abhorrent to you that you'd rather continue to risk the alternative? the press and the political class here in washington, d.c., so consumed by fear and
Dec 26, 2012 4:00am PST
. narrator: over 300 million people live in the united states. and each person uses an average of 100 gallons of water every day. man: what it takes to actually make clean water is somewhat a mystery to most customers. woman: so how does water get from the river into your house, or here at school? woman: somebody has to bring that water to us, and somebody has to take it away when we're finished with it. man: the water infrastructure is vital for disease protection, fire protection, basic sanitation, economic development, and for our quality of life. man: you just can't visualize all the assets that are under our feet. we have about two million miles of pipe in this nation. if you're walking around in an urban area, you're probably stepping on a pipe. man: our grandparents paid for, and put in for the first time, these large distribution systems. woman: and in many cases, it's not been touched since. man: we're at a critical turning point. much of that infrastructure is wearing out. narrator: our water infrastructure is made up of complex, underground systems that function continuousl
Dec 31, 2012 8:30am EST
soviet world. >> we have to understand the role that the united states has played since the end of the second world war and still plays today and that is as a provider of security. not only to itself but to lots of nations around the world. and i think that the general global stability that we've enjoyed since the second world war is largely due to america's ability to play that role and that's what the defense budget pays for. (slow instrumental music) >> but the attacks of september 11, 2001 gave rise to a new enemy, islamic terrorism. and military leaders struggled over how to even find this foe, much less fight it. >> all of a sudden these various groups got swept up together in a larger war on terror. and since 9/11 over the past decade we've spent billions of dollars in pursuit of a very difficult goal which is eradicating these small groups that seek to create overreactions on the part of governments. >> one of the reasons we're in so much trouble in afghanistan is because we went well beyond our mission. we accomplished the mission, but we took our eye off the ball when we
Dec 26, 2012 2:30pm PST
year of italian culture but transfer that to our country of the united states so i know they're going to start those events in washington dc with their celebrations but let us san francisco celebrate -- mayor aleato and our wonderful history here and allow us to do a preliminary launch and so that's what we're attempting to do tonight and celebrate with you this launch of italian culture. it's very meaningful for us to did that year. we have a lot to celebrate. let me just say that painters, scrptdures, poets, musicians, designers, mathematicians, great architects of the italian country have come here to san francisco. we have experienced so much of the italian talent here in san francisco. that's why we wanted to be celebrating here and i am so glad to be joined not only by senator leno and assembly man amaino and david chiu and scott wiener as well. they all want to get in on this great celebration because it's wonderful for our city. i have often said our city and our strength is our international status and we do that with all the sister cities, with all of the flag raisings, but
Dec 29, 2012 7:00am EST
individuals around the world. aung san suu kyi, on your landmark visit to the united states let me congratulate you on making a tremendous difference in burma and the rest of the world. you are a true inspiration for all of us. as leader of the opposition your responsibilities are significant but in my opinion there's nothing you cannot accomplish. when you address the subcommittee and asia pacific i was overcome with emotion by your resolved and spirit. you asked congress to support myanmar and her people and i am happy to report we have not. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the senator from california, the hon. dianne feinstein. >> mr. speaker, nancy pelosi, mrs. bush, harry reid, leader mcconnell, secretary of state hillary clinton and my colleagues in government this is a special day to honor a special person in a special place. for many years i have followed tragedies and victories of this uncommonly courageous and persistent woman. in 1988 she quickly rose to be the voice of democracy in burma creating the lead for democracy, elections followed in 1990 when her party won 8
Dec 6, 2012 6:00pm EST
naidoo of greenpeace international has sent to president obama, as the united states comes under increasing criticism. we will speak to kumi naidoo and samantha smith, as well as a panel of youth climate activists. first, to egypt. >> we hold president morsi and the government completely responsible for the violence happening in egypt today. what is happening at the presidential palace at the moment, the violence, without the protection of the country, is an announcement from the country and president that they do not hold their responsibility to protect the country. >> the egyptian army has deployed tanks outside of the presidential palace in cairo and six people have died in clashes between supporters and opponents of president morsi. we will speak to sharif abdel kouddous. >> this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are broadcasting from doha, qatar. egyptian forces have deployed outside a cairo after violent clashes between pro and anti- government demonstrators left six people dead and more than 400 injured. the violence marked
Dec 16, 2012 9:00am EST
by the united states and mexico. so at the time when as a youngster, only he had not wrote urging us to resign and grant during the time that the u.s.-mexico war was a young lieutenant. i found this a really moving quotes so he took it from a typo. the fact is grant was not allowed in thinking the u.s. invasion of mexico was somehow wicked. one thing i talk about in this book and tonight is the evolution of the american public during the course of u.s.-mexico war, which is not about word by any means from being really the csh to largely turning against the war. i see the u.s.-mexico war as a moment of america's first antiwar movement coming into being. so there's antiwar sentiment during the revolution and certainly during the war of 1812. that sentiment was limited. but gc happened in 1847 is a consensus across the board. people across the country can soldiers in the field, officers, politicians, all decided that a war was the successful invasion of their country was wrong in protesting the war. so this is an interesting moment in american history and it takes place and they were
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Dec 10, 2012 3:00pm EST
of chemical weapons after the united states and russia. the situation is just one topic being discussed by world leaders and a meeting of the foreign ministers, 40,000 men and women and children have recorded killed in syria during uprising. now, live from washington. are the united states officials commenting that the government has used the chemical weapons? >>reporter: reporters were told they do not have evidence of this but video uploaded by the syrian opposition and impossible to independently verify by fox, claims to show the use of the chemical weapons by assad regime. this fire which allegedly produces toxic smoke began after a tank was unloaded by a syrian jet over rebel-held territory. another video could not be authenticated showed gear confiscate by the opposition. the israeli around to the united states responded that the israelis have intelligence assets monitoring the stockpiles. >> syria has a very varied deep chemical weapons program. it is dispersed geographically. if the weapons were pass into the hands of hezbollah that would be a game changer. >> he said
Dec 3, 2012 6:00am PST
, was the major industrial city of the united states. all of these industries used water from this system. and it served as a prototype for many american cities, including pittsburgh and new york. man: new york city went to philadelphia and said, "you know, we're thinking of developing a hudson river water supply -- what do you suggest we do?" and they said, "we've had "a lot of problems on the schuylkill. "don't go to the hudson river. go to the upland and work by gravity." and that's what new york city did. they first went to the hudson highlands, but 150 years later, it went to the delaware highlands. and really diverted the water that normally went to philadelphia to new york city. i don't think they anticipated that. narrator: the majority of new york city's drinking water comes from watersheds in upstate new york. a watershed is the area of land where water from rain or snow melt drains downhill into a body of water. mountains act as a funnel to feed rivers and lakes. and in this case, reservoirs. in the new york city system, water is collected and stored in 19 reservoirs, wh
Dec 24, 2012 5:30am PST
afghanistan and the united states want to have, which is to create a public opinion that all afghans are like this, and everybody wants to be doing this. that is not the case. i think this is perpetrated to affect the will of the united states for the pressures of public opinion so they will quit afghanistan. and afghanistan and the ninth of states embarked on a journey we cannot quit because of these pressures. these tragedies cannot be ignored, cannot be shoved aside, yet we have to keep everything in perspective. these perspectives have not been explained to the public and afghanistan by the afghan government and the united states by the united states government adequately. >> it comes just weeks before president obama is expected to decide how many of the more than 60,000 u.s. forces will leave here next year. what do you think these insider attacks do as decisions are made about the future of afghanistan? >> those who want to create these situations, but these behind them and encouraging it, they would be happy to have the united states on their own soil. their goal is t
Dec 5, 2012 5:00pm EST
bilateral trade agreements are being negotiated today as we speak here on the floor. the united states is a party to none of them. we are a party to one multilateral trade agreement which i support but we need to get back engaged in bilateral agreements to open markets for our products, our service providers. we have been sittingr hands on the sidelines in an increasingly global and dynamic economy. this is the first administration actually since f.d.r. not to ask for the ability to negotiate trade agreements using expedited procedures. and this is something unique, trade promotion authority in order to negotiate agreements. this administration has yet to even ask for it over the last four years. last year we finally passed the korea, panama and colombia export agreements. hopefully our bipartisan actions today to boost exports to russia will signal a new chapter, for us to engage as a congress and with the administration in a much more ambitious and proactive trade policy. i'm pleased this bipartisan bill received such broad support from republicans and democrats in the house, getting 36
Dec 30, 2012 4:35am EST
. . the fact that you identified a small number of who have actually come to the united states and have been investigated and concluded to have participated in a potential terrorist activity is noteworthy. it is quite small. my closing question for you is -- we on this committee have never ceased to be -- i should not say appreciative -- but caucus and of the extent to which al qaeda and others constantly probing and look for opportunities to exploit our system and to introduce acts of terror, not just against our interests in parts of the country, but principally within the united states of america. to what extent can we feel comforted that al qaeda is not looking at this program as a backdoor way to work with somebody to get them in here into our country to plant them -- is this the way around the traditional way of getting into the united states as one would with a visa or otherwise? >> i would note in agreement with you that al qaeda and its affiliates have been -- they have been looking for? in the screening procedures, trying to get individuals into the united states. that is
Dec 14, 2012 7:00pm EST
the united states senate would 46 honorary degrees from 15 states in the district of columbia. it now, following these most impressive academic achievements , the senators spent several years in the united states navy, ultimately serving as an intelligence prefer for admiral burke, chief of naval operations. i would say the navy and admiral burke chose the best person they could for that particular job. .. i was working full-time and attending indiana law school at night and that didn't leave much time for marcia in to enjoy the amenities of indianapolis. but frankly, they were very few to enjoy that particular time. it was then that her newly elect a mayor began a remarkable transformation of indianapolis into it now has become one of the most attract david livable cities in america. as mayor, dick lugar worked carefully with the indiana general assembly, then governor would come to extend the boundaries of the city and merge indianapolis and marion county to provide common essential service is more efficiently, a concept that called unit of. unit of wasn't without conversely because
Dec 29, 2012 10:00pm EST
peter kuznick discussed "the untold story of the united states," a companion book to their documentary series. in it they argue that u.s. leaders must chart a course for the future by first facing what they call the country's troubling history of drifting further away from its democratic traditions. >> host: hello peter and oliver. i've taught with peter at american university. let me start by having both of you talk about the theme of this and how you wrote it? >> guest: i was invited in 1996 to go to this class at american university researching oliver storms america and one of the classes i was very popular. i went very impressed with it and the range of students and afterwards peter suggested that there was a great story about the atomic him in the atomic bomb always fascinated me because i was born the year after it was dropped and it was in new york city, the center of the world and my father was republican and a conservative. he served in world war ii as eisenhower said the bomb was the umbrella, the mushroom under which it grew and anything we did was in the shadow of that. so
Dec 17, 2012 1:00am EST
the emancipation in the united states, and the notion of sectionalism between freedom and slavery that organizes our understanding of american political history so i end up arguing in one of the essays of the book that slavery is national, that slaves -- communities of run away slaves should be understood as what we call maroons, fugitive slave communities, and that the links between people of african dissent in what we call the northern states and slaves in the southern states are important circuits of communication activity that we should pay more attention to. >> host: what were the primary documents you used to research your book? >> guest: well, i was using a lot of different things. i was using narratives that were written by slaves who, so-called ran away to freedom, and one of the things that struck me is that although we tend to think about the mason dixon line and the ohio river and once you got to the other side, you were free, and i tended to focus on the first half of the nationtives, the experience of enslavement in the south, that when you got to the other side, a v
Dec 27, 2012 1:00pm EST
arguing that there is no such thing as a debt crisis. there is no debt crisis in the united states of america and europe, and there is no such thing as the debt crisis in my own country, which is nevertheless being consumed by debt. you know the joke about balloonist. the balloon has been blown off isrse, and at some point they no such thing as a debt crisis. manage to gain control of the balloon and lower it above a farm. the farmer comes out and looks up at the balloon and one of the balloonists says, excuse me, sir, where are we? and the farmer says, you are in a balloon. the balloonist says, he must be an economist. precisely accurate, and hopelessly useless. [laughter] we have a doctor here amongst us. imagine if you had a terrible case of a cancer patient in acute pain, and your diagnosis was, the person is experiencing a pain crisis. it wouldn't be useful. debt is a symptom of 2008, to be precise. it is what happens when a financial implosion begins on wall street, and then all sorts of dark forces break out, break loose, and they start dismantling the economic and social fabri
Dec 25, 2012 5:00pm EST
recent presidential election in the united states. there were people people saying it's not this person. tim pawlenty drops off and michele bachmann drops off and left with a last person standing. it's not about picking a winner. it's picking losers. this is not the person. this is not the person. finally you get the last person standing. >> host: process of e elimination. >> which is consistent in whatever organization it is. i think it is in a sense is a simplified version of reality. i think you used a theory. theory start with simple and you make them more complex. if you take ge famous for the way it chooses lards. ge we always tell our students it's a company that works at practice but not in theory. it doesn't seem to do any of the things we say it should do. it's incredible profitable. if you have to pick them it's good at picking leaders. it's good at developing managers and picking the right people. ge spends twenty years selecting among the organization and slowly promoting them over and over and over again. and so the end of the day, twenty years, so you to work your
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Dec 12, 2012 12:00pm PST
practice a ballistic missile with the potential to hit the united states and this could present a step forward for the rogue nation after the lit off in april failed. state run television released this video claiming the residents celebrated the launch by cheering and hugging in the secret in a nation where millions of the citizens are actually starving. according to south korean estimates, north korea spent $1 billion on the rocket program in 2012 alone enough money to feed the entire nation to more than a year. jennifer griffin is at the pentagon. what do we know? >>reporter: according to the north american airspace defense command the first stage of the stage three rocket fell into the yellow sea southwest of north korea. the second stage traveled further before falling into the philippine sea. the rocket ultimately launched some sort of object in orbit and the north koreans say it was a satellite and norad claimed it was successful but added at in time was the missile or debris a threat to north america. not yet. >>shepard: did the north koreans get help? >>reporter: the north kore
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Dec 29, 2012 11:00am PST
dropped permanently and lucas raised the question whether the united states itself was on this lower, long-term growth path. that's the question. >> so, jason, what's-- where do we go from here? particularly if you're conservative, what are your-- where does the comeback begin? does it begin in somehow accommodating the middle and saying, look, it's a progressive year and we've got to be a little less progressive and a bill more efficient in terms of administration or do you put both colors out there as an alternative? >> i think it starts with the g.o.p. expanding its current coalition and i think that hispanic voters are one way to go. you have to remember, just eight years ago, 44% of the hispanics voted for the republican presidential candidate and four years ago, 31% and this years 27%, this is a swing voting block and republicans need to go after it. and you know, paul, i consider recognition of a problem to be progress itself and maybe the g.o.p. is finally going to reach some-- come to grips with the demographic reality? >> yeah, i think so. and dan, what about this idea of y
Dec 16, 2012 1:00pm EST
is the case what does this mean for how we should understand emancipation in the united states and the notion of sectionalism between freedom and slavery that organizes our understanding of american political history. so i've been arguing one of the essays in the look that slavery is national, and the communities of run away slaves should be understood by what we call marroons and people of dissent and what we call the northern states and the slaves and the southern states are important circuits of communication and activity that we should pay more attention to. >> what were the primary documents used to researcher box? >> i was using a lot of different things. i was using narrative's that were written by the slaves that ran away to freedom, and one of the things that struck me is that although we tend to think about the fly or the ohio victory as the great divide and once you got to the of the site you were so-called free, and like myself it intended in our work to focus on the first half of the narrative which is the enslavement in the south. but when you got to the other side th
Dec 5, 2012 6:00pm EST
united states and other wealthy nations of not pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions enough and failing to pay poorer nations for loss and damage from weather events caused by climate change. the director of the third world network. >> it seems the developed countries are not doing what they should do. the commitments that they have put on the table, cutting emissions of greenhouse gases under the kyoto protocol, is very low. it is very important that the data states is not part of the protocol, and worse, we have more concretely in the second commitment period. >> i had a chance to question the chief u.s. climate negotiator jonathan pershing. >> civil society groups are extremely frustrated here. president obama, in his first speech after elected, said that he didn't want our children to live in an america that is threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet. yesterday, a number of civil society groups held a news conference and they said -- greenpeace said that tod stern and got the pershing have come to doha with a goal of obstructing the process. he said that it w
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Dec 1, 2012 10:00pm PST
we have any kind of solution the immigration problem in the united states, she and her colleagues are going to say it's not good enough because it's not comprehensive. and in other words what she is going to tell you is that she just wants a political tool so she can attack republicans for the next few years. >> congressman lab door, don't you agree that unless the republican party can, to use the acronym from your bill, can stem the erosion of latino support. there may never be another republican president. >> if agree with that, actually, geraldo. that's why i have been a leading voice in my party, talking about what we need to do here in washington, dc on the immigration. i think we need a knew rhetoric and new policies that actually solve the problem at immigration. no republican needs to fool themselves. we need to solve the immigration problem so latinos can agree with us on other issues. >> latino families are no different than other american families. we first and foremost care about our families that's why the comprehensive immigration reform is so important. it's just no
Dec 30, 2012 9:00am PST
christians in the united states, christians love jesus but so do buddhists and jews and hindus and people without any religion whatsoever. >> the jesus image is multiadaptble because we are a 3489 religious nation. >> that's right, we're a multireligious nation but also a christian nation where 80% or so of the country are christians and they put je'us on the national agenda and then people of all different religions and without any at all respond to that figure. >> why did thomas jefferson become consumed with revising the bible by omitting a lot of it in his own text of the bible as you began your book 'ith? >> well, presumably it's not because he didn't have anything else to do, i mean, he was a pretty busy guy in the white house but he ordered a couple books from england, a couple bibles and he sat there in the white house and he cut and paed a took out the miracles and took out the resurrection. heelieved jesus was a good guy, he believed he was one of the most important philosophers ever but he didn't like christianity and he was able to separate out christianity from jesus,
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president of the united states has made very clear that there will be consequences. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence as first reported by nbc news indicates that syria's military has loaded the precursor bombs, even a tiny bomb can attack the nervous system, killing within seconds or minutes, most of syria's sophisticated weapons including the planes that would drop the chemicals weapons are from russia, syria's most powerful ally. but today, they were so alarmed about the chemical threat, they met with hillary clinton to talk about a possible future for syria without assad. >> we have been trying hard to work with russia to stop the bloodshed, and start a transition towards a post-assad future. but the russians insisted no pictures could be taken show low them discussing assad critics want the administration to >> reporter: the u.s. critics want the administration to consider military options. >> we do know absolutely that these weapons have been readied for use by bashar al-assad's aircraft. again, i urge, we urge the president of the united states to make whatever military preparati
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. again, i urge, we urge the president of the united states to make whatever military preparations are necessary. >> reporter: another military imperative, securing the weapons if assad loses control. >> it is absolutely important that terrorist groups not obtain possession of those weapons, and then try to use them against any other country or any other group within syria. >> reporter: there are military operations, but privately, the u.s. military officials concede that the pre-emptive strike could be risky and could even spread the deadly sarin gas, if he were to launch the weapons, an attack could be likely against him and his officials. >> andrea mitchell, thank you, here we go in egypt, where the new president who replaced the old president, hosni mubarak, after he was deposed, tried to tamp down the situation, it apparently didn't work, the desperaters set fire to his muslim brotherhood supporters, angry at what they called the power grab. this week, the fighting outside the palace in cairo left six dead, over several hundred injuries, and in an address tonight, morsy only sligh
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that the united states is primarily to blame, that stalin and the soviets would have been open to a new welcoming continuation of the wartime alliance between the two countries, but it was the american actions primarily. some allies, the british for example, which leader of a wanted gold for. is that an adequate portrayal? >> guest: i would say that's accurate. we certainly don't consider the stalin to be blameless in all of this and we certainly don't downplay the brutality or the terrible things that were done in the name of the soviet union under the leadership. i think it's important to factor in, but look at the broad sweep of the history of the relationship with the soviet union beginning in 1917 and 1918 when the first sent the troops into the soviet union as part of a broad counterrevolutionary force led by the british and then the united states refusal to recognize the soviet union until 1933 under roosevelt, and then during the 30's the soviet union was pushing very hard for international consensus and trying to stop hitler and they were leading the antifascist force globa
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united states to siring to push back soviet influence. libya was desperately pleading for u.s. attention back in, for eight tickets of to get to the list and on its own feet. this was before the discovery of oil. the u.s. kind of took, welcome here not as important as egypt, for example. we will think about that. the result was that the prime minister at the time basically devised the plan to court the soviets and see if he can grab the attention. the next major event was libyas and the successful bid of qaddafi said change the way the oil pricing was conducted by squeezing the independent oil companies occidental petroleum first and foremost in to changing the system whereby there would be a 5050 split and basically controlling interest by u.s. oil companies and libyan oil. and that is the consequence of that which has come through to this day in terms of increasing the power of nickel states, saudi arabia in particular. so libya and fast forward to the arabs bring, you know, very important point is that the deal became a sort of, you know, obama in 20002-9 delivered his famo
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made before the deadline. so at this point is there any chance the united states can avoid taking a fiscal cliff dive? joining me for more is republican senator john hoeven of north dakota. and very simply, sir, we appreciate you being here but is harry reid right? are we going off the cliff? >> well, adam i hope he is not right. at this point president obama indicated he is going to call and talk to our leader, mitch mcconnell, senator mcconnell and make a proposal. we're very interested to see what that proposal is. we put revenues on the table. there needs to be some savings. and i believe we can get a deal so let's go. adam: what will the do look like? the president at one point actually upped what he was willing to tax. he wants taxes. originally saying on incomes of 250,000 and up. then he went to 400,000. what kind of compromise do we need from both side to get a deal done so that i don't have to keep boring people with this term fiscal cliff? >> right. to really get the deal done right you need about 4 troll trillion to get us back on track. that means pro-growth tax reform,
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devastating impact on the united states because we still get a large part of our energy from the region. i traveled to azerbaijan an armenian in early september. and i also stopped in georgia and met with the president. when i talked to these leaders, iran was one of the things that came up at the very beginning, because they'll feel the influence and the aggressive attitude underneath cover so to speak of iran. in particular, i think azerbaijan feels a great deal of concern, and when i talked to the president, members of parliament and others, it was readily apparent to me that they thought that there ought to be closer ties between azerbaijan and the united states, and georgia, and hopefully armenia. because iran is really trying to destabilize or undermine those governments are we believe that is their long-term goal. iran has been involved in terrorism as we know for some time. it's partly unique in that area. we have seen the i-beam regime operating through organizations such as republican guard and employ such tactics around the globe including right here in washington, d.c. howev
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do to keep afghanistan from becoming endangered of the united states -- a danger to the united states? the way it is most likely to become a danger to the united states i think is through its influence on pakistan. which to me is the most dangerous place in the world. and i don't think that trying to stabilize the afghan situation by building up troop levels there that can make it a really stable country is going to work. >> so what's a right approach then to make sure that pakistan doesn't become -- >> well, that's -- that's a very difficult problem. because the pakistanis don't trust us. and yet, we depend upon the pakistani government to keep control of its nuclear weapons. the right combination of satisfying pakistan and pushing pakistan to -- not to become a radical islamic state is going to be difficult. but i think that keeping afghanistan from destabilizing pakistan is a very important thing. >> you talked about a nuclear arms state. iran, the united states, and the world community has been pressuring iran to not go nuclear or not develop nuclear weapons. it appears tha
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8:40 5:00 a.m., we will talk about lobbyists. then, from 9:3:00 pm until -- 9:15 a.m. until 10:00have a goo. >> explore the history and literary coulter of a new york's capital city, albany. they all today on c-span, a secretary of defense leon panetta visits the walter reed medical center followed by david coombs, bradley manning's of turning. the hearing on the republic of mali. >> the supreme court will look at what was passed in 2008 by a majority of 6-3. they're going to say that this president. >> they decided it was constitutional for them to establish i.d.s they did not say all of those states. >> correct. let me finish. you are misrepresenting what i am saying. >> when i hear these accusations that black people, voter i.d. laws a disproportionately affect us. if white people can go through all the laws, what are you telling back people? they are less than? that is what bothers me about rhetoric. we always have to make special --there has to be a specialist when we deal with minorities. it there too feeble mind it appeared we need to make concessions. they cannot follow the rules. we treat people like victims, i do not think they want to aspire. >> defense secretary leon panetta visited the walter reed medical center tuesday to celebrate the hospital's first anniversary. it was created out of the merger of the walter reed army medical center and the bethesda naval hospital. this is about 40 minutes. >> it is my true pleasure to welcome me here this morning. over a year ago to host a dedication ceremony for what was then the new walter reed medical center. you are words that many of us that day. he pointed out if his the people that can make the biggest difference. -- he pointed out that it is the people that can make the biggest difference. i would be happy to report to you that we stand before you as one team. this is the tradition for a new commander to mint a coin. are like to able to present one to you. -- i would like to be able to present one to you. there you are. thank you, sir. >> thank you very much. >> thanks for being here. [applause] thank you very much, admiral. i appreciate that very much and i really appreciate the opportunity to be able to be here at this one-year anniversary of bringing bethesda-walter reed together. this was an amazing effort, not easy to do, but i commend all of you for your willingness to work together as a team and to make this a success. i want to thank you for your leadership, because what you have here is a world-class center for healing, for compassion, and for empowerment. i am particularly honored today because, you know, in a holiday season, first and foremost i would like to wish all of you and your families and the entire walter reed community a safe and happy and healthy holiday season. this is a season of renewal. it's a season of joy, of peace, and of looking to the future and being thankful for the past. and all of that is encompassed in these great medical centers because that's what it's all about, is giving people that second chance at life and that's what you do. this is a time of year to reflect on all the blessings that have been bestowed on all of us as citizens of this great country, and in particular the blessings that we have to be members of the department of defense family. someone asked me the other day, kind of, you know, reflecting on the job of secretary of defense what's the toughest part of this job and what's the most memorable part of this job? and for me, it comes down to the men and women who serve this country in uniform. the toughest part of this job is to have to take the time to write notes to the families of those who have lost loved ones in war. and it's tough because as the father of three sons, recognizing the pain that that family must feel at the loss of a loved one is something that leaves a deep impact on me. and the ability to kind of take the time to write a few words of comfort, and there are no words that you can find that can do justice to the pain that's involved here. but for each one, i try to write a note that not only expresses, obviously, my sorrow, but also says that their loved one loved them, loved their family, loved this country, and gave their life for all they loved. and that makes them an american hero forever. those are the toughest moments in this job. the most memorable moments are to come here and visit wounded warriors because the opportunity to be able to look into their eyes, individuals that have suffered the most horrendous injuries you can imagine, as all of you know, but then to walk into these rooms and to look into their eyes and see a spirit of wanting to fight on, and wanting to get back into the battle, and wanting to be whole again. and knowing that if they fight hard enough, they'll make that work. i mean, to see that spirit -- to see that undying spirit of renewal is for me the most memorable thing because it represents, in my book, the spirit of this country. each time i visit these heroes here, i come away very moved and very inspired by their dedication, by their patriotism, and as i said, by that sheer strength of spirit that they have we as a nation owe them an incredible debt of gratitude for their service and for their sacrifice -- men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line for this country, who are willing to fight and die for the united states of america. that represents the great strength of our country. i often say, we've got, you know, we have the very best in weapons. we've got great ships. we've got great planes. we're developing future aircraft that are going to be incredible, future fighter planes that are going to be incredible. you know, we've got great technology that's available. but none of that is worth a damn without the men and women in uniform who are willing to put their lives on the line and help to protect this country. that is the real strength. ^that is the heart and soul of what makes us the strongest country in the world. we owe them as a result of that the finest medical care that this nation can provide. and that's why i'm so grateful that we have the greatest medical healthcare system in the world, right here. and the strength of our system lies in you, and people like you. thousands of dedicated professionals who are committed to caring for our sick and for our injured. it lies with each of you. this, as i have said before, is a place where miracles happen, and you are the miracle workers. today, i want to thank you, along with the entire military medical community, for the exceptional care, the exceptional support you provide our service members, for these men and women in uniform, for their families, and for our military retirees. you give them a second chance at life. this community is particularly close to my heart. my wife was trained as a nurse, and one of our three sons is a cardiologist. for those of you that haven't had a wife as a nurse, you don't know what the hell it's all about. because there isn't a damn thing i can do without her being right there, and watching everything you do, and watching everything that our sons did, you know? it was incredible. their experience and i learned this from sylvia, and i learned it -- and i see it now in -- in our son, who's a cardiologist. it is very important to understand that no matter how many people you have to deal with, you don't treat people by the numbers. every one of them has to be special, and it's gotta show in your eyes. the best caretakers are the ones who have the compassion to work with people, and to treat them with dignity, and care, and understanding. that's not always easy, because you're dealing with a lot of people, and it can be really tough, but the reality is that, that sense of compassion, of making every patient feel special is what it's all about. i know how tough this job is. i know how difficult it can be, and how hard it is for each of your, and the amount of work it takes, and the amount of sacrifice that it takes to do your job. so, i thank you from the bottom of my heart for the commitment that all of you make to this -- it's challenging work, but i can't tell you how important it is to -- not only healing those that have been wounded, but healing our country when we fight in wars makes the hell of a difference in terms of our ability to sense that as tough as these battles are, as tough as these wounds are, that somehow we are strong enough to be able to go on. and that's what you do. this country, and our armed forces, are emerging from over a decade of war. this is the longest sustained period of war in the history of the united states. there's been a non-stop flow of casualties from distant battlefields. and our military medical community has, i believe, risen to the challenge time and time and time again. you have provided thorough and effective care for over 50,000 wounded warriors, 50,000 wounded warriors. and you've helped ensure that millions of our men and women in uniform are healthy and able to perform their vital missions. thanks to the advances in medical technology and the innovations in medical training -- the incredible amount of innovations and development over these last few years 98 percent of the wounded who reach our combat support hospitals survive their injuries, the highest rate of survival this country has ever achieved. you made this happen by standing side by side as one team, as one joint facility, army, navy, air force. you have become one of the best medical teams in the world. and by raising expectations, by making clear that there is always hope, that good things can happen by advancing training, by increasing responsibility, our corpsmen, our medics are now capable of delivering life-saving medical care right there on the battlefield. this is the new standard of medical care, and i'm very proud to say that it is the most advanced in the world. a real revolution has taken place in battlefield medicine. it has truly been a revolution and in our ability to care for the most serious combat injuries. we have also seen that a higher survival rate can result in a new set of complex injuries when our soldiers return home. and you're responding to that challenge as well. here at the center of healing, the center of miracles, you have treated diseases that we've never seen before on our soil. you perform life-saving surgeries that are the first of their kind. and you've developed the most advanced prosthetics in the world. it's thanks to your extraordinary talent and dedication that we are able to provide the level of care that we owe to our wounded warriors. and i see it when i go into those rooms and talk with them that they know. they've seen the fact that others get their life back as a result of what's been developed here. and that, too, renews their spirit that ultimately they're going to make it and they're going to be okay. in the decade to come, we're going to be challenged in new ways, and we've got to be ready to meet those challenges as well. thousands of service members are going to be coming home soon over the next several years, the end of the war in iraq, beginning to draw down in the war in afghanistan. we have got to be ready for their arrival by supporting their physical health, their emotional well-being, and their successful transition back into society. some of our returning service members will bear both the visible and the invisible wounds of war. since 2001, nearly 250,000 men and women of the armed services have suffered traumatic brain injury and many more remain undiagnosed. to care for them, this department instituted new guidance in september. we built concussion restoration centers in theater. we've developed traumatic brain injury centers at many of our military bases around the world. thanks to the efforts of our military medical professionals, we now have specific guidelines and treatments for what is one of the most elusive injuries that we've ever seen. we've also developed way to better identify traumatic brain injury and we're training our medics and our corpsmen to respond more effectively when a service member experiences a potential concussion. we have also discovered the value of rehabilitation, and how. the national intrepid center of excellence right here on campus, built by the generous donation of the fisher family, is a world model, a world model for recuperating the human being, and not just treating the disease. let me also note, if i might, that yesterday you dedicated another world-class facility here, cancer treatment center, in honor of jack murtha. jack was a dear friend of mine, had the honor of serving with him, passed away a couple years ago. we served in congress. we worked together on a range of issues. he was a legendary advocate for our men and women in uniform, and he was strong supporter, strong as i've ever seen in the congress of the military's medical community in particular. jack loved earmarks. everybody, including myself, used to line up and talk to jack about earmarks, and if you -- somebody -- i haven't seen it, but in the lincoln movie, talks about lincoln sending people up to the hill to basically hand out earmarks in order to get their damned vote. that's one of the reasons they may be having a tough time on capitol hill, is because they don't have earmarks to hand out. but, jack knew how to do it, and i've never seen anything like it. when the defense authorization bill used to come up, and he use to be -- i mean, at the appropriations -- i mean, all these appropriations bills used to go on, they used to be amendments, they used to take days. i used to chair some of the discussions on the floor of the house on these other bills. but, when the defense appropriations bill came up, jack had basically distributed enough earmarks that, that bill took about 30 seconds on the floor. so he understood what it meant, but more importantly, he did it in a way that benefited, in particular, the men and women in uniform. he was totally dedicated. having been a veteran himself, having understood what it meant to go into battle, he really understood what men and women in uniform needed. and so, i am truly delighted that the john p. murtha cancer center will stand as a monument to his legacy and to his commitment to our armed forces. these centers provide extraordinary physical care for our military family. but here at walter reed you also understand the importance of caring for emotional health as well. together, military medical personnel, and military families are raising awareness about those hidden wounds of war, that i talked about, particularly mental health. yet, as we know all too well, the historic rate of suicide within the military continues to haunt us. suicide is one of those great and terrible challenges to the health of our force, and one of the greatest challenges we face as a nation, not just a problem that's affecting men and women in uniform, it's affecting society, and it's reflected obviously in our men and women in uniform. our greatest challenge is identifying those who need our help. how do we identify those that are facing this kind of terrible crisis? i know that all of you have not, and will not rest until there is a lifeline for every one of our nation's service members. we must make sure that they know they're not alone, that we're here and that we will stand by them. this year alone, the departments of defense and veterans affairs have committed an additional $150 million to support efforts targeting mental health awareness, diagnosis and treatment. we're working to increase the number of mental health professionals, improve access to suicide hotlines, emphasize family counseling. we've got to continue this fight on every front. we've got to make people in the chain of command, people that serve next to each other in a squad, have a sense for looking out for one another, of spotting those conditions, of understanding that there may be trouble. now, this -- in many ways, it's a changing society. this is my theory and my theory alone, but, you know, part of the problem of working off blackberrys and working off computers is that you're focused on that element and you don't reach out as much to talk to one another, and to just communicate with one another. and it's when you do that, when you talk to one another, that you understand what the problems are. you can look into their eyes and you can see it. you've got to make sure that people understand that there's a responsibility here to care for one another. we know that it's important to watch people's backs when you're in a foxhole. that applies here. you've got to watch each other's backs with regards to the kind of problems that can impact on people's mental health. and that's something we've got to build into the force as well, and we will. as our troops return home, we will also help them convert their hard-earned experience into roles that are needed by both the military and civilian communities. that means new training programs, pathways, opportunities for our medics and corpsmen to become physician assistants or nurses, supporting advanced degrees, streamlining credential requirements. because if someone can save a life in afghanistan, then they can save a life here at home as well. we've got to make that possible. we are working with other cabinet departments and with the white house to standardize the way state licensing boards recognize military training and experience. and we're also working with human resources and services administration to recruit members in the medical profession who are interested in pursuing similar careers in the private sector. having a job ready for our returning service members is an important piece of the larger effort to support our service members, our veterans, and our military families as we come out of this decade of war. and all of you have a critical role to play in that effort as well. as you support our troops in their greatest time of need, i want you to know that i will continue to fight, continue to try to safeguard this department's support for your mission. you are, as i said, miracle workers, the absolute best at what you do. and we owe it to you to make sure that you have the full support you need in order to do your job. your skill, you dedication -- that tender compassionate care that you provide those who serve in uniform, those qualities are second to none. we are extremely proud and extremely fortunate to welcome our troops and their families back from war into your caring arms, into your caring arms. they have fought for us. we have to do everything we can to fight for them. god bless all of you. god bless our military. and god bless this great nation of ours. thank you very much for having me. [applause] at i understand we are opening the floor for some questions. if you have any questions, please have at it. >> good morning. it has been an but over a year since to appear in great is our medical centers came together. have we met your expectations for this year at? what are your exhortations for the next few years? >> having been through this and having been involved in government service for over 40 years, i count my time in the army intelligence. it is close to 50 penc. having worked in various areas in congress and the executive branch, doing what we do here is not easy. so often part of what you do with, the challenges thank you have to work together. you have to be able to work together. sometimes it is not that easy. when it came to the joint effort here, in the military itself, i feel we have developed joint news as a real strength of our military. they're not even close to the level of joyousness we have in this country. it is working. it is doing well. my biggest challenge is going to be how can we take this model to make sure we can develop similar approaches elsewhere between military and veterans' hospitals paying able to come together, at being able to operate as one incident having these huge backlogs because they're trying to move someone from the military into the veterans operation and it becomes a huge pain in the ass to get it done. if we can bring that together so we are operating as one with the ability to really respond to the needs and not get wrapped up in fighting for turf, i think we can do a better job overall. i am extremely pleased. there are always some problems you have to deal with. that is the nature of having to do this. you have done the very best job at making this work. and making it work and not for ourselves but making it work for the people we treat. those that are wounded, giving them a chance to be able to heal. that is the ultimate test. if i use that as a test every time i talk to these kids, every time i see them, that is the measure of your success. that is the measure of your success. i thank you for that. >> good morning. your predecessors said we have no higher priority aside from the war itself than to take care of the young men and women who have been injured in combat. how do you see us making this a reality within the health system? >> that is something that has been identified as something that is really important to this effort to make it work more seamlessly. information is key. the ability to bring that information together is extremely important to our medical professionals. i could tell you this is great and we're going to do this. this is a of a challenge. it is not easy. part of it is the entrenched bureaucracy that is there. sometimes it is difficult to get out of the trenches and do what they have to do. part of it is the technology. we think because of all operate on computers that somehow you can make this all happen overnight. it is not -- it does not work that way. it takes a lot of advanced technology. we are working to try to get that done. we have invested money into this effort. we're not going to give up. we're going to continue to work. our ability to reach that point will help us. that is the future. it is going to happen. it is tougher than hell to try to get it done because of the problems you run into with technology, with individuals to sometimes do not want to move. this is what i'm doing. [applause] >> with your position i am going to ask if we can please hold the further questions. you honor us with your presents and urge you with your presence -- you honor us with your presence in the entire nation with your leadership. >> we're going to pass out claims. they aren't worth a of a lot they might get a drink. >> the new chairman of the democratic governors association. he talks about the fiscal cliff, affordable care act in laying the groundwork for the 2013-2014 elections. >> why a writers institute? >> i think it is something that is very important. we are a culture of words, of voices. words are a key to our imagination, our capacity to imagine things. we are not completely tied to print on the page. there is no other art form so readily accessible other than perhaps soma, which we work with, too. there is something in literature that captures the human. . the >> joint american history television and c-span local content vehicles as we look behind the scenes of a letter lives of new york city. >> next you hear from bradley manning's attorney about his case. he is accused of leaking classified documents to the web site wikileaks. the trial is under way in maryland. he testified earlier on the conditions he has experienced since being detained in iraq. this is half an hour. >> i really appreciate the turn out here, especially the turn of by the press. thank you for that. i have not participated in any public event for today. i also avoid any interviews with the media. it was and still is my belief that the bradley manning deserves an attorney that is focused on what is happening in the courtroom and only what is happening in the court room. that is why i have chosen not to do media interviews at this point. today marks the milestone. it was supposed to be an ending point to the motions hearing that we were going through. it would mark the end of the motions phase, working our way into the trial phase. the motion we were doing and unfortunately still are is the unlawful pretrial punishment motion. it has taken longer than expected. i am not really that disappointed. i am enjoying my opportunity to cross-examine those who had bradley many in those conditions for nine months. [applause] as i take an opportunity to reflect on the last two years, it is fitting that we are here today at the end of the motion faced with a motion that really brought the world's attention to this case. that was how friendly manning was being treated. his treatment at quantico will forever be etched in our nation's history as a disgraceful moment in time. not only was a stupid and counterproductive, it was criminal. an entire group of individuals to do not doubt are honorable men and women chose to turn a blind eye to how bradley was being treated. those who could affect change did not. they were more concerned about how the attention might be put on them if something happened to brad as opposed to what was their conduct a doing to bread? -- brad? what they turned out to care about more was the media impact. for that i must thank each and every one of you here today. i must thank each and every one of you who is listening or watching. without you, change would not have happened. your actions resulted in bradley being moved from quantico. make no mistake about that. with your actions, and the draconian actions he lived under for nine months came to an end. the magical watchers healed him and he was no longer required to live in the condition he was in. we all know that he cannot be here tonight. he knows tonight is happening. he wanted me to personally thank each and every one of you for taking the time to write to him. for signing petitions, for attending marches and rallies. thank you to writing to our government complaining about his conditions. thank you for donating to his legal defense. for volunteering at courage to resist and the bradley manning support network. he wanted me to thank you for carrying about him. the that so we have waged for the last two years cannot have been fought without your help. it has been a hard fight. we are at 140 exhibits. that amounts to over 20,000 pages of written attachments. i'm confident by the time this comes to a conclusion, this will be the longest record trowel and our military is history. that record will reflect one thing. that we fought at every turn. at every opportunity. we fought to ensure that brad received a fair trial. [applause] my office website can keep track of a few things. i want to share some numbers with you that i i am personally happy to see. over 764,000 people today have gone and read at least something about brad, website. we have received over 72000 pieces of mail senses confinement. over 14,000 individuals have donated to courage to resist or the bradley manning defense funds. 754 supporters have donated directly to his legal defense fund managed by my office. today i want to take the opportunity to thank you. thank you are getting involved. thank you for taking the time out of your busy life for caring about brad. thank you. when i am in the courtroom i stand up and i look to my right. i see the united states government with all of its resources, all of its personnel. i see them standing against brad. have to admit to you that can be rather intimidating i was intimidated, especially when the president of the united states says your client broke the law. especially when congress members say "your client deserves the death penalty." i want to tell you today as i stand here. i am no longer intimidated. i am not intimidated. when i stand up, i know i am not standing alone. i know i'm not alone because i turn around and i see the support behind me. i see members here today in the audience that are there every time we have a court hearing. i see what i will now called the trichet battalion. th battalion.truc they wear a black shirt that has the word "truth" on it. are behind me. when they are there i know i have unlimited resources and personnel. perhaps the best evidence for me that i am not standing alone is a web site called i go to the site at least once a day. i go when i need to recharge my batteries after working in a long day on the case. i just peruse the photographs, people with a simple statements in front of their face. i am bradley manning. it is amazing the power of those simple words. what those words mean to each individual i do not know. i want to take a moment to share with you what that may mean for brad. during are countless conversations i had an opportunity to talk to him about his future. i said "brad, what do you want to do when this eventually comes to an end?" he told me his dream would be to go to college and get a degree. as a young man he was 23. that makes sense. we know college degrees are a ticket to a productive future. i asked brad what do you plan on doing? he said "i want to go into public service." i asked him what he meant. he said "i want to join us some sort of campaign group, go into public service, and perhaps one day run for public office." i asked him why he would want to do that. he said "i want to make a difference in this world." i can tell you that standing here today i hope that someday soon brad the go to college. i hope some day soon he can go into public service. i am confident that the stand here today that he does not have to worry about making a difference in this world. he has made a difference. [applause] last tuesday the president of the united states signed into law of the whistle-blower protection enhancement act. as president obama signing this bill into law brad and i were in a courtroom for the start of his punishment motion. how can you reconcile the two? i do not know the answer to that question. one of our nation's most famous whistle-blowers has on multiple occasions spoken out for brad. history has been the ultimate judge of his courage and sacrifice. but history has judged him well. i hope that history will judge bradley manning in a similar light. i thank you for coming here today. i thank you for listening to me. >> we have some questions from the press. toi'm not promising answers any of these. >> i am sure members of the media can put it questions on the index card. this is a two-part question. what sort of person is by demanding and what is a state of mind? >> i think bradley is probably one of the more intelligent people i've ever met. he has the ability i think to talk about a wide range of topics. is a young man, obviously. with that he has limited experience s. he does a lot of things from the heart. he tends to care a lot about people. his conduct and his actions are usually driven by that. as far as his mental state or how he is being of a mine today, he is very excited about having his case go forward. it has been a long time. he is very encouraged by the way the proceedings are going. i think he feels good about his defense. at least i hope he does. at this point i believe he is confident that things will turn out ok. >> what can ordinary citizens do to help bradley? >> the biggest thing is to make sure that this case is not get lost in the minutia of everything else going on in this world. it is by far the most important military case. it is a case that has significance for all of us. in this country, and the country that i am proud to serve, we live in a country that is built on freedom of speech. we live in a country that is built on government accountability. and in foreign assistance. at this point, and the biggest thing you can do is stay involved, stay informed, and to make sure those who have elected in to public office understand your views. [applause] >> have you proceed any difference in the way he is being treated in court as time goes on? >> i have not. i think bradley is treated professionally in court. military court-martial is the best courtroom you can go into. i know anyone who does not have experience with the military justice system may be it with a suspicious eye. from my perspective it is by far the best court room for bradley to be in. >> how your experiences in the military and civilian life and for how you approach court- martials generally and in this case specifically. >> that is a good follow-up. a lot of people will look at the military justice system and say "this seems to be very foreign to me." you have an officer in listed type panel that selected by the person who has convened the court-martial. you have the military judge that is in the military. there's some suspicion that that person may be subject to some influence. when you look at it from the e can see that person is built to attain a certain outcome. i can tell you with confidence in having practiced both state, a bedroom, and military -- based date, federal, and military that a court-martial is the best i've been in. i get some looks. let me tell you why. military judges are not just picked out at random. a military judge is somebody who has done both acted as a prosecutor and as a defense counsel for a time. they have seen both sides. that person usually has taken on the role of military justice would be the equivalent of a da or a senior defense council. from that perspective you have a lot of experience. once the judge becomes a judge that person is a colonel, people would go that route and not interested in becoming generals. you are at the top of where you want to be. there is no influence issue. to have somebody there who is truly experienced and understands the law. i would take a judge to knows the law and is very experienced over many of and then from a panel standpoint if you go with a panel. almost everybody in the military wants to have a -- obtain a certain rank has some sort of college degree. and i think that in and of itself kind of speaks volumes about the person's ability to at least have an open mind on certain topics. and so we normally refer to military panels as blue ribbon panels. they represent in many cases individuals with at least a bachelor's if not a master's or a docket rat degree. and so that may be surprising to some but again the panels that i practice in front of have always been fair panels. i might not have agreed with their outcome but i do believe they took their job seriously. with regard to state juries i practice in front of, it's not always the case that you get an open-minded jury. so again, for those who look to this and say i wish he were in some other venue, i can tell you that bradley's in the best venue possible for him. >> ok. this is sort of related to that question. how do you find that outsiders of either military service or civilian life generally perceive the other? >> i think i might have answered that question. i can tell you that if you do in fact look at the rights -- and this is more when i taught military law to nonmilitary attorneys, we would compare the various rights that you have in a state or federal court against the rights that you have in a military court. and in every instance the military court rights exceed that, that you would have as a normal citizen in state or federal court. so i think this is an issue in which a lot of times the suspicion, once you're informed, doesn't bear out. you start to believe that this is a very fair system. the suspicion i think though of the military justice system is because in some regards it's foreign, obviously. but never forget that the military is made up of basically our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, just like yourself. and it is in my mind it's not a perfect system but it is one of the best systems that i've had the opportunity to practice in front of. >> this may be the same kind of question you see, what dow take with you most from your military service and your time in civilian life? >> i think military service -- i can tell you a little background story about me. i was on active duty as a major. i just went through a course that would have ultimately put me on the track of lieutenant colonel and then taken the bench as a military junl. and then i met my lovely wife who we met at a new law professor's conference, not the kind of a geeky way of meeting your spouse. but we met there. and she changed my priorities. she's a law professor, so at least in our family she is the smartest one. and i know that. and so what we ultimately decided was i would hitch my cart to her star. and so that's what i did. and that's why i got out of the military. at least from the active duty standpoint. and when i got out, it was probably one of the worst times you could go out on the job market. and so i couldn't find a job. even though i got towards the last rounds of job interviews, i was never selected. i was in an area where i didn't know people and that's pretty much how you could find a job, by being known. so i decided to hang out my own shingle and go into state and federal practice and ultimately start my military practice. and i will tell you that what i take to the military practice and what i think helps serve me well and my clients is a lot of the people that i see in the military are former students of mine when i taught. or they've come up through the ranks with me and i know them. and so at least in that system you have the ability to sit down at a table with somebody and have a little bit of experience about them and know them, and be able to talk to them and hopefully obtain positive outcomes for clients. but for me now going into this case obviously this has been a two-year in the making case and the people that i'm working against are some of them are former students. the relationships that we have obviously in this case are adversarial. but i can tell -- and you see it in the courtroom, they're working hard for their side. and they believe in what they're doing. i think what i bring most into this situation is i have a familiarity with the system and the terminology. if anyone sets in the courtroom, you hear a lot of acnims. you hear a lot of phrases that if you weren't a military attorney, that would be very difficult to even follow the conversation, let alone represent your client in a zealous manner. so i think that's the experience i bring is not only being known but also just being familiar with the system. >> can you explain what's going on with the change of dates? his trial changed from starting on february 4 to march 15. why is that? >> the trial date has moved a couple times to the right. and a lot of times that is due to motions that are being argued. some of the motions are unplanned and they become issues only when we see a particular piece of evidence. in this instance, we've got some issues that we're lit gating that if the defense receives a particular ruling will require a delay in the proceedings of about two weeks. if we don't receive that ruling, then the calendar will move back to the left a couple weeks. so in this instance it's all driven really by a few of the motions. although, as i started my speech and my remarks here today we're nearing the end of the motions phase and we really are trance ferg to -- transfering to the trial phase. >> one of the charges is aiding the enmifment how great a threat do you think is that to the press and whistleblows in the age of the internet? >> i'll remove this from this case. so i will just say that this is why i think it is a very important case for everybody. because when you look at the offense of aiding the enemy, and take it out of this case, you simply say if you can possibly aid the enemy by giving information to the press with no intent that that information land in the hands of the enemy, and by that mere action alone you can be found to have aided the enemy, that's a scary proposition. right there, that would silence a lot of critics of our government. and that's what makes our government great in that we fought for that criticism. and oftentimes when it's deserved, we make changes. so this is a very serious offense not only for my client but i think for anybody in america to be paying attention to what it means to aid the enemy. so again, i think it's something that hopefully means something more than just giving information to the press. >> bradley manning stated last week that he didn't want his case tried in the press. does he and do you feel that the public and press have accurately represented what's happened? >> well, i'll just answer that from my perspective. and as i said to begin with, this public appearance is the exception for me. i believe that trying the case in the press is not the way to do representation of a client. and brad, ast at least from what he testified in the opening hearing, didn't want his case to be tried in the press, either. and from -- because that was his wishes early on, but also because my perspective is you shouldn't try your case in the press, i respected his wishes and i didn't grant interviews. and even after this day, i won't be granting interviews. and the reason why again is because your focus has to be on crour client and not on basically putting out facts to spin something your way in the press when that doesn't achieve anything in the courtroom. when you're in the courtroom, that's what matters. what happens there matters. in the press, as i said here today, what really matters is you, the public, bei
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